It’s a nicely sized SUV for a compact. The usual locations seem to be fully accessible. Windshield is nice and wide and not too far of a reach for the driver. The vents are horizontal and located near the top of the dash so most mounts should work fine. The dash has a nice flat spot near the front lip so that’s a good location too. There is no CD Player. The cup holders aren’t the worst location, but maybe not the best. The seat bolts are not easily loosened so avoid these types of mounts.
Now, let’s take a look at a few specific mounts that should work well in the Mitsubishi Outlander. The attached photo is from the interior of a 2021 model.
Windshield and Vent Mount Recommendations for a Mitsubishi Outlander
I believe the best place for a smartphone or GPS will be the center air vents. Use the one closest to the driver. These vents are big and rectangular with horizontal slats. The center vents are in a great position because they are within eye level and easy to reach versus many other locations. The positioning towards the upper lip of the dash make this a great spot.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount is one that we have been recommending for a few years and they are excellent mounts. The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phones with or without a case or skin. It has a ball and socket so the cradle swivels into any orientation. This mount will work on flat vent slats that are 3/8 to 1 inch deep. The included holder opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.
The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS. All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back. Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball. Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.
We did a full review of the Square Jellyfish mount awhile back and it’s worth reading for more information.
The windshield mount will work just fine in the Mitsubishi Outlander.
Consider the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 Car Mount for SmartPhones which provides an extendable rigid base combined with an expandable cradle. Unlike many similar mounts, the iOttie Easy One Touch 2 has a two-inch extension feature. The included cradle expands to 3.2 inches by pressing the buttons on each side. This is large enough to hold most phones.
Other Mount Recommendations for a Mitsubishi Outlander
The front cup holder can be used for a phone or small tablet as long as it isn’t blocking the gear shift (hence the suggestion of using the rear cup holder in the middle of the console). Only use this mounting location when you don’t need to refer to the device while driving. While the cup holder makes a handy spot for a device, it cannot be easily seen while driving. So it’s good for an app like Pandora. Poor for Waze.
Consider the Cup Holder Mount for Tablets and Phones. This mount includes two different cradles and has an extended neck to make the mount a little higher than others. One for a phone and another for a tablet. The mount is adjustable and solidly made to easily handle the weight of your tablet. You will see a lot of mounts on the market for tablets or cell phones. This is the only car mounts that offers two different cradles, one for the phone, the other for the tablet. The tablet cradle will hold devices up to 12.9 inches but we suggest limiting it to nothing larger than an iPad Mini.
If looking to entertain the back seat riders with a tablet or smartphone, consider a headrest mount. We covered a variety of head rest mounts in our article entitled Car Headrest Mounts for Tablets, Phones or Cameras.